Definition of disparity in English:

disparity

noun

  • A great difference:

    ‘economic disparities between different regions of the country’
    [mass noun] ‘the arrangements could lead to disparity of treatment between companies’
    • ‘I estimate that the comparable disparities in Australia are less marked but still not inconsiderable.’
    • ‘In the past, critics have pointed to disparities in testing as being the cause of any differences found.’
    • ‘His appeal may lie in the disparity between the image projected in his interviews and the image perpetuated in his records.’
    • ‘He believes that the growing disparity between the rich and poor of the world is a disaster that will lead to more terrorist outrages.’
    • ‘The ease with which we now travel over land has led to a great disparity between prehistoric and modern perceptions of islands.’
    • ‘They may blame the diverse students or even parents for these disparities and variations.’
    • ‘There seems little doubt that there remains a disparity between women's pay and that of their male counterparts.’
    • ‘It has led to declining standards of living and widening income disparities.’
    • ‘And we have a wide disparity between the simply poor and the poorest of the poor.’
    • ‘In any case, the wide disparity of incomes and egos leads to a certain instability.’
    • ‘Regional disparities further accentuated ancient distinctions, especially between the north and the south.’
    • ‘Prevailing economic theory suggests that such information disparities can lead to market failure.’
    • ‘And of course, the last explanation for the disparity, is the one that you point out.’
    • ‘Income and standards of living disparities in different regions of the country have become a growing problem.’
    • ‘In part this different history may have to do with the disparities between the first and second waves of feminism.’
    • ‘Mr Causley said he was sympathetic and well aware of the disparity in pay.’
    • ‘Others remain unanswered and court practice in different regions of the country shows stark disparities.’
    • ‘Waterhouse explained his justification for the disparity between program fees.’
    • ‘The disparity in fees between different schools can be overwhelming.’
    • ‘His shots do help demonstrate the disparity between different films.’
    discrepancy, inconsistency, imbalance, inequality, incongruity, unevenness, disproportion
    variance, variation, divergence, polarity, gap, gulf, breach
    difference, dissimilarity, contrast, distinction, differential
    unlikeness, dissimilitude, contrariety
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French disparité, from late Latin disparitas, based on Latin paritas parity.

Pronunciation

disparity

/dɪˈsparɪti/